So, yesterday marked the end of the 3rd Term of this Academic Year. I really hoped that you had the best time yesterday, failing grades and all. And while it would appear that a failure would be the end of the world for you, it is not in actuality. I do not derive a seeming kind of pleasure in giving students failing grades; but you could not fault my patience and generosity in evaluating your work. I am sorry for my inadequacies as your professor; but you’ve got to admit, learning is a two-way street. And to those who did very well in my class, remember that you are not defined by your GPA. In the world outside the academia, hard work, experience, and the willingness to learn from mentors, count more. Please do not neglect to nurture these qualities.
In this connection, let me direct you to a timely piece from the Huffington post. It’s a blog post by Alena Hall on the ” 15 Things Your Commencement Speaker Won’t Tell You About Life After College.” My favorite line: Your life probably won’t go according to plan, and that’s okay.
15 Things Your Commencement Speaker Won’t Tell You About Life After College
Filing into the university football stadium, swimming in a sea of graduation gowns and struggling to keep swinging tassels out of their eyes, soon-to-be graduates experience a rush of mix emotions: Excitement that the last round of final exams is officially over. Melancholy over the likelihood that this is the last time they will have all of their best friends in one place. Terror of the unknown realities of adult world that is literally lurking around the corner.
Together they listen intently to the commencement speaker standing behind the podium, searching for a sense of hope, guidance and inspiration. However, oftentimes their sweeping statements don’t necessarily prepare the new graduates to navigate the adult world they’ll soon face.
Thanks and best wishes,